GARY WALLACE TAYLOR
173RD GRAND MASTER OF MASONS IN VIRGINIA
Gary Wallace Taylor was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 17, the youngest of three children of Armand Milton and Evelyn Taylor, Sr. He graduated from Granby High School in 1965. He is a graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelors Degree in Management of Human Resources and obtained a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended a one-year program at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute on Police Administration. He worked as an Installer Repairman with the C & P Telephone Company in Norfolk before beginning his career in 1966 with the Virginia State Police, where he was involved with the State Police Academy in Richmond, Area 19 of the 3rd Division, Area 64 of the Safety Division, Headquarters of the 2nd Division, and Headquarters of the 4th Division before retiring as a Field lieutenant with thirty-seven years of service. He is a veteran of the Army National Guard.
Brother Taylor was made a Master Mason in King Solomon’s Lodge No. 194 on March 1, 1977. He affiliated with Wytheville Fraternal Lodge No. 82 on October 2, 1989, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2007 and 2010 and is currently the Treasurer. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 42 in 2011. He serves as the Child ID Coordinator for Masonic District 42. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2012 and installed as the 173rd Grand Master at the 239th Grand Annual Communication on November 11, 2017.
He is a member of the Valley of Roanoke, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Also, he is a Life Member of Kazim Shrine Center and a member of the Provost Guard and the New River Valley Shrine Club. He is a member of Wythe Royal Arch Chapter No. 51 and a charter member of the Widows Sons Masonic R.A. Sojourners Chapter.
He is a recipient of the Grand Master’s 2011 Award of Excellence and the Legion of Honor from the International Order of DeMolay.
He is also an active member and Deacon of Wytheville Baptist Church. He is married to the former Billie Lynn Blankenbaker, and they have a son, Todd Milton Taylor, daughter-in-law, Amy Parrish Taylor, and two grandchildren.